Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger are meeting tonight for what is likely to be the only gubernatorial debate this election season, as a new Field Poll finds the governor has a lead of 16 percentage points among likely voters over Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who helped lead the national bank bailout.
In an unusual twist for a Republican candidate, Kashkari has made poverty and inequality centerpieces of his campaign, even posing as a homeless man on the streets of Fresno to underscore the unevenness of California's economic recovery.
Both topics are likely to figure prominently during Thursday night's debate in a television studio across from the Capitol.
Education reform, the $68 billion high-speed rail project, Brown's realignment law that shifted tens of thousands of criminals to county jails and the state's business climate are other possible subjects of disagreement.
You can hear tonight's gubernatorial debate live on KFBK, beginning at 7 p.m.